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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Iran Inaugurates Its Own Intranet

RFL/RE – Iran’s official news agency reports the country has launched the first phase of its National Network of Data, an attempt by Tehran to create its own Intranet. The new network aims to promote online Islamic content and encourage less dependency on the worldwide Internet, IRNA reported on August 28. The National Network of Data would aim to also …

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Iran Deploys Russian Long-Range Missiles At Nuclear Site

RFL/RE – Iranian officials say they have deployed a new Russian-made long-range missile system to protect its Fordo nuclear facility. General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran’s air defenses, told the state IRIB channel on August 28 that protecting the country’s nuclear facilities is paramount “in all circumstances.” He added that “today, Iran’s sky is one of the most secure …

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House of Khomeini and Mass Executions of 88

Radiozamaneh – Figures at various levels of the Islamic Republic continue to react to the release of audio files involving conversations between the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and top government figures regarding the “death committee” in charge of the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in 1988. by Mohammadreza Sardari Hassan Khomeini a reformist political figure …

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French Environment Minister Visits Iran, Announces Plans For Joint Projects

RFE/RL – French Environment Minister Segolene Royal has announced plans for a series of joint projects with Tehran that are aimed at dealing with energy, water shortages, and pollution. Royal said on August 28 after talks with the head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, Massoumeh Ebtekar, that they had discussed the creation of several key partnerships by February 2017. photos by …

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Iran Arrests a ‘Spy’ Who Helped Negotiate a Landmark Nuclear Deal

VOA – Iran has arrested a member of a team that played a role in negotiating a milestone nuclear agreement with world powers. According to IRNA, Iran’s state media, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said Sunday that a “spy who had infiltrated the nuclear team” was released on bail after being held in jail for a few days. The negotiator’s …

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Tough new conditions for concerts in Iran capital

Daily Mail – The Tehran prosecutor recommended strict new rules on Saturday for concerts in the capital, the latest in a tug of war between moderates and conservatives that has already seen live music banned in Iran’s second city Mashhad. Police should record all events, while the culture ministry and the provincial governor should take greater responsibility for the content …

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Death penalty failing to deter drug trafficking in Iran – official

Reuters – The death penalty has failed to reduce drug trafficking in Iran, a senior Iranian judiciary official said on Saturday shortly before the scheduled execution of 12 people for narcotics-related offences. His criticism was unusual in a judiciary that has long been a bastion of the hardline security establishment in the Islamic Republic, which carries out more executions per …

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Why cheaper rial could actually help Iran

Al-monitor – At present, Iran has both an official exchange rate and an unofficial market rate that is used in exchange houses. The rial trades at above 35,000 per US dollar on the open market, compared to the official rate of around 31,000. AUTHOR Navid Kalhor To help boost economic growth, Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Valiollah Seif has …

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